Category Archives: FOOD & WINE

Columnist vows to remove the ‘mystery’ shrouding fine wines!

This column marks the beginning of a new series about wine, which County Compass editor Jeff Aydelette has indicated he would like to publish every three weeks or so. It has been awhile since I have written anything and I am looking forward to diving back into the world of wine! Since I first started writing these articles about six years ago, the circulation of the newspaper has grown dramatically. It now reaches more than 20,000 readers each week! This is a terrific opportunity to introduce wine — and wine pairings — to a much larger audience.       My goal is to cover a large num…

All-U-Can-Eat Oysters & Chili

GRANTSBORO – The Foundation that offers scholarships and other assistance to students at Pamlico Community College raises money each year on the Hwy. 306 campus with a popular Oyster Roast & Chili Cookoff. This year the event runs from 3 until 5 on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets are just $30 for all-you-can-eat oysters and chili. Student tickets are $15. Buy them at Nautical Wheelers, Bayboro Pharmacy, Oriental Deli & Subs, the Chamber of Commerce, or the PCC Bookstore. For more information, call Michelle Noevere at (252) 249-1851, ext. 3084.…

Wine pairings, dinner offer real value at popular New Bern restaurant

Editor’s note: The following is not a full review of the entire operation at Persimmons on the Waterfront. Rather, wine columnist Justin Manjorin takes a look at one intriguing monthly feature. NEW BERN — On the fourth Tuesday of every month — beginning this past March and continuing until October — Executive Chef Antonio Campolio of Persimmons on the Waterfront presents a five-course food and wine pairing. The adventure starts at 6 and ends around 9. The cost is $75 per person, and includes taxes and gratuities. As seating is limited, reservations are required. I real…

Columnist reveals personal recipe for tasty libation!

For those of you who went out and bought the Nouveau Beaujolais 2015 – after my pre-Thanksgiving column — it is the best in about five years with a great aroma and a ton of fruit. The only big box store that had this wine was Harris Teeter and they sold about 600 bottles thru last week. The price for 750 ml was $10.99, which was in line with last year, but was a little higher than I had hoped for in light of the strength of the U.S. dollar. There were still a few cases left last week in case you missed it. However, I would call before driving to the store. My last column was all about the pairing of food and…

Columnist reveals tasty, affordable picks for the Holidays!

As I get older, the holidays seem to come by faster and faster. I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. I have mentioned my friend Terri in Georgia before and she has already started on her guest list. The menu gets done over several times as she checks what she has put up over the summer and fall. As her husband is an avid hunter, there will always be game on their table in addition to the more usual offerings that most of us serve. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and to some extent New Year’s Eve are the most difficult in terms of food and wine pairing. In addition, I have self-imposed monetar…

Columnist reveals a fondness for wines made from the Norton grape

For those of you who may have forgotten, an AVA is the acronym for ‘American Viticultural Area,’ defined as a grape-growing designated region in the United State having distinguishable geographic features with defined boundaries. There are still only three AVA’s here in our state: Haw River Valley, Swan Creek and Yadkin Valley. I intend to research new wineries in North Carolina but for now I will concentrate on Virginia. A new AVA must meet the following requirements: Evidence that the name of the proposed new AVA is locally or nationally known as referring to this specific area Hist…

Columnist spends time in wine bar of huge cruise ship

My first column of the year is usually an overview of what I will be writing about during the ensuing year. As my wife and I went on a cruise two weeks ago (which had been in the works for about six months) it seems appropriate to start there. I have not taken many cruises in my life. This is my second, and the third for my wife. Virtually, all of my travel has been by air mostly thru the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Almost all of these trips were for business purposes. We sailed on a round trip aboard Royal Carribbean out of Fort Lauderdale to Belize and Cozumel. At eleven hundred feet long,…

Date set for release of popular Georges Duboeuf Beujolais Nouveau

The 2013 vintage sported a festive label, and sold quickly. It is hard to believe that I am sitting in front of my computer writing once again about Thanksgiving and the wines that can be associated with the feast. Since this is being written earlier than usual, I urge all of you readers to contact me via e-mail if you have any questions regarding what wines to serve. Find my e-mail address at the bottom of this column. I recently called my friend Terri in Georgia to find out what she is making for the Holiday. To me, this woman represents the entire Thanksgiving tradition! As usual, she is having both f…

Umbrian wines from Italy on the ascendancy

TOWNSHIP OF ASSISI It doesn’t matter how much you know about wine. If your computer is down, you can’t write about anything. I wish to thank a computer wizard, Mr. Miller, (who advertises in the County Compass) for coming to my house and getting everything running again. I can only urge you, if you have a problem, to contact this gentleman at 252-249-0394 and he will fix it. For those of you who have been following my wine and food journey thru Italy, I am now leaving Tuscany and heading east to the area known as Umbria – the only region in Italy without a coastline or international border! This i…

From $200 to $90 to $10, there’s a Tuscan wine for every pocketbook

Wine has been produced in various parts of Italy for thousands of years. An interesting trend, known as the Super-Tuscan wine movement began after World War II when the marchase Mario della Rochetta developed what became the area’s first cult wine, known as Sassicaia. This wine was developed to be a direct competitor of French Bordeaux, which was then considered to be the best wine in the world. Sassicaia (Tenuta San Guido) is comprised of 85 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Cabernet Franc — a blend much like those produced in Bordeaux. It is an intense long-lived wine, which…
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